Smokedown 7 at Independence Mall Ongoing, No Fog Yet Sighted

UPDATE: Smokedown has had smoking and citations given and keeps on. Mike Salvi has it live.

Smokedown 7 is still rollin’ at Indy Mall, corner of Market and 5th Street. The exact time for observation of marijuana meditation has been kept a secret, but you can expect the Little hand will be on the 4. Poe is on the street with a sign waving like he’s in Atlantic City.

Big Pot Banner. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Big Pot Banner. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Breaking: Adam Kokesh had notified organizers of his intention to attend the event, however, earlier today Mr. Kokesh was taken into custody by Federal agents for charges stemming from a video made in Downtown Washington, DC – featuring Kokesh loading and cocking a shotgun. Carrying a “Rifle or Shotgun (outside Home or Place of Business), is in violation of 22 D.C. Code Section 4504 (a-1) (2001 ed.) The maximum penalty for those who have not previously been convicted of a felony: a fine of $5,000 and/or up to five years in prison.” Adam Kokesh has admitted that the video is authentic

The combination of less pressure from law enforcement and the absence of the Adam vs the Man host and his black t-shirt clad entourage gives one the impression that tonight will probably go down with a bunch of people getting stoned, several arrested, and a brief, civil detention and processing will be conducted – which is what everyone who came to smoke should and mostly did come prepared to take. And without the tension we can all talk.

Come hang out and learn, if you don’t know, why the Drug War is very, very, very bad. Even if you don’t use drugs it’s bad for you.

I won’t be able to join you, my press pass is my Red Cross, but wave.

-K

This time a less-barricaded 1st Amendment Monument area Photo by Kenneth Lipp

This time a less-barricaded 1st Amendment Monument area
Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Mike Whiter of PA Veterans for Marijuana Legalization marshalled the waving of this enormous banner. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Mike Whiter of PA Veterans for Marijuana Legalization marshaled the waving of this enormous banner. Photo by Kenneth Lipp

Yet again, the Smokedown is critical enough a criminal event that US Attorney Golderberg, suit, casual stretch, felt the need to attend

Yet again, the Smokedown is critical enough a criminal event that US Attorney Golderberg, suit, casual stretch, felt the need to attend

Libertarians are present

Libertarians are present

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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